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October 2017
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  • The Facilities 50
    Jon Creamer launches Televisual's 30th exclusive annual Facilities 50 survey featuring the top post production houses in the UK and 52 pages of analysis of the sector
  • Interview: Grant Mansfield
    Hiring top talent and investing heavily in development have been key to growing his Bristol indie Plimsoll Productions, says founder Grant Mansfield
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  • Over the top
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Facilities 50 2016 Back to Reports & survey Listing

21 Technicolor
technicolor.com 
28-32 Lexington St, 
London, W1F 0LF 
md Frederic Rose 
facility manager 
John Fleming 
genres TV, film 
credits The Legend of Tarzan, 
Miss Perigrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, Fantastic Beasts, King Arthur, Black Mirror services audio (5.1, ADR), grading (4k), vfx (2d, 3d), editing, telecine (2k), 3d stereoscopic 
turnover £8m 
Producer 32nd Turnover 15th Peer -

22 422.tv
422.tv 
South Central, 11 Peter Street, Manchester,
M2 5QR; 40 Dalintober 
Street, Glasgow, G5 8NW 
md David Jackson
facility managers Gemma Ackerley, Debbie Kelly genres TV, ads, corporate credits Eve, Highlands, Sony Playstation VR 
services audio (5.1, Foley, ADR), grading (4k), 
vfx (2d, 3d, animation), 
editing, crew 
turnover £4.5m
Producer 16th 
Turnover 265h Peer –

23 Freefolk
freefolk.com
140 Wardour Street,  London, W1F 8ZT
t 020 7734 9110 
md Justine White
creative directors Jason Watts & Paul Simpson
genres ads, TV, promos, film credits O2 Network, House of Fraser Turn It On, Optus Power of Doing
services grading (4k), vfx (2d, 3d, animation), 3d stereoscopic, VR
turnover £4.1m
Producer 19th Turnover 28th Peer 16th

You might not have heard of Freefolk before but this is no new entrant to the post production market.
Freefolk is merely the new name for the combined talents of Finish and Realise Studios. Finish bought out Realise  earlier this year and an expansion into New York meant it’s “undergone some major life changes in 2016.”
And the name change? “Whilst researching for the USA we discovered it wasn’t going to be possible to use the name Finish. So, after some deep soul searching we decided to become Freefolk. It’s a name that encapsulates the heart of what we are: an independent free-thinking bunch of creative minds.”
It describes the new US set up as “a full service post production offering with colour grading and vfx based in NYC.”
On top of this, it’s also grabbing another floor in its Wardour Street building for its film and TV vfx department.
In terms of the work, Freefolk says: “We have some great vfx projects going to air including a TV series for NBC in early 2017 and a large series of O2 commercials that has seen our creature department reach great heights and make us all proud.”

24 Onsight
onsight.co.uk 34-35 Bedfordbury, London, WC2N 4DU ceo Simon Craddock facility manager David Wilde genres TV, film, corporate, ads, promos credits Predators, Alley Cats, Jack Garrett at Abbey Road services audio (5.1, ADR), grading (4k), vfx (2d, 3d), editing, film restoration, camera hire, 3d stereoscopic VR turnover £5m Producer 32nd Turnover 22nd Peer –

Onsight says 2016 was a “steady year, which has seen increased demand on 4K, VR and 360 work, which is in our sweet spot. We’ve always been at the cutting edge of technology and our heritage in 3D and 4K leads us nicely into these new technologies.”

25 Gorilla
gorillagroup.tv
GloWorks, Cardiff Bay, Cardiff, CF10 4GA md Richard Moss, Paul Owen facility manager Eve Moss genres TV, film, corporate, ads credits Posh Pawn, Stella, Kitchen Impossible services audio (5.1, Foley, ADR), grading (4k), vfx (2d, 3d, animation), editing, camera hire, TV studios Turnover £5m Producer - Turnover 22nd Peer -

Cardiff’s Gorilla says the year has been “steady but dependent on nations commissioning trends” and that there is now a larger variation between high and low end budgets. It’s looking to “expansion and new and joint ventures.”

26 Suite TV
suitetv.com
28 Newman Street, London, W1T 1PR t 020 7636 4488 
md Shelley Fox facility manager Rick Halsall genres TV, corporate, commercials, films credits Cuckoo, Not Going Out, Billy Connolly Tracks Across America services audio (5.1, ADR), grading (2K), vfx (2d, 3d, Animation), editing, film restoration turnover £3.5m Producer 16th Turnover 31st Peer –

Suite says that this year has seen an “increasing number of comedy drama and daytime panel shows editing at Suite.”
It also says it is “successfully developing a commercials and corporate client base.”

27 Coffee & TV
coffeeand.tv
71 Broadwick Street, Soho, W1F 9QY md Derek Moore
genres TV, ads, corporate, films, promo credits Cities in the Sky, Syfy Movies, H&M Forever Summer services grading (4k), vfx (2d, 3d, animation), editing, film restoration, 3d stereoscopic, VR turnover £4.5m Producer 32nd Turnover 25th= Peer -

A “pivotal year” for Coffee & TV, the company says which saw it moving into new premises overlooking Carnaby Street. “The studio move marks significant growth for the company with the launch of our new grading facility and additional Flame suites.”

28 Platform Post
platformpp.tv 
6-7 D’Arblay Street, London, W1F 8DN mds John Cryer, Simon Cruse, David Tasker facility manager Andy Oakey, Rob Newlove, Jackie Sanders genres TV, ads credits Yonderland, Tracey Ullman’s Show for BBC, Giff Gaff services audio (5.1, Foley, ADR), grading (4k), vfx (2d, 3d, animation), editing,3d stereoscopic, VR turnover £2.6m Producer 29th Turnover 35th Peer 16th

Platform Post says that “commercially 2016 has been a really good year” despite worries about “soulless mega facilities” pushing smaller players out. “Repeat business is thriving as clients appreciate our ability to convert their creative aspirations into a reality, which is something that we’re repeatedly told gets lost or watered down in large facilities.”
But that doesn’t mean it hasn’t felt the pressure on rates like in the rest of the industry. “Certainly this year producers aren’t shy about haggling with us on rates,” says platform. “Largely because mega facilities are severely undercutting which worries some clients, but this is a positive for us. Positive because, although having a cheap quote, those producers increasingly want to edit at smaller creatively driven post houses like us where their projects aren’t just another number, so they are prepared to strike a deal where we both benefit.”
Platform says that it doesn’t have plans to expand in the near future, although that’s not set in stone. “Platform Post is at a point now where we want to consolidate our business before undertaking any more expansion, however every time we try do this one of our lovely clients throws us a challenge and then there is the need for more space, more kit and more talent.”

29 Director’s Cut
directorscutfilms.com
6-10 Great Portland Street,
London, W1W 8QL md Mark Manning facil manager Robert Blair genres TV, film, corporate credits The Jam: About the Young Idea, Release the Hounds, The Southbank Show services audio (5.1, Foley, ADR), grading (4k), editing turnover £2.4m Producer 14th Turnover 38th Peer 16th

On the industry in general, Director’s Cut says “AS-11 has become a solid standard, 4k is increasing steadily.” The company says it’s looking to increase both space and facilities in the coming year with restoration and a regional offshoot a possibility.

30 Big Buoy
bigbuoytv.co.uk 
1-5 Poland St, London, W1F 8PR mds Jim Allen, Jon Hurst, Colin Sumsion genres Ads, promos, film, corporate, TV credits Sony TKO, Cadbury’s Advent Calendar, Red Bull Kaleidoscope services audio (5.1), grading (4k), vfx (2d, 3d, animation),telecine (2K), editing, 3d stereoscopic, VR turnover £3.5m Producer 29th Turnover 31st Peer –

Big Buoy says the year’s been “bumpy. The middle of the year was very quiet, Brexit uncertainty definitely had an effect with jobs either being cancelled or revised with less ambitious creative. Thankfully things have picked back up.”

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